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obsessive-compulsive

[ uhb-ses-iv-kuhm-puhl-siv ]
/ əbˈsɛs ɪv kəmˈpʌl sɪv /
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adjective
noting or relating to a personality characterized by perfectionism, indecision, conscientiousness, concern with detail, rigidity, and inhibition.
Psychiatry. noting or relating to a disorder or neurosis characterized by persistent intrusion of unwanted thoughts (obsessions) or the performance of actions, as repeated hand-washing, that one is unable to stop (compulsions): obsessive-compulsive disorder.
noun
a person having obsessive-compulsive traits.
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Origin of obsessive-compulsive

First recorded in 1925–30; obsessive + compulsive
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